A woman takes a ‘selfie’ near a portrait of Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where the 12th National People’s Congress gets under way in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Slowdown in growth and pollution also on agenda at National People’s Congress

Xi Jinping at the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in  Beijing on Tuesday. Since coming to power in March 2012, Mr Xi has come down hard on press freedom. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Survey reveals reporters and media groups punished if Beijing takes dim view of coverage

Chinese veterinary inspectors soon to start approving processing plants in Ireland

Traditional Chinese Junkboat sailing across Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Chinese looking elsewhere as weaker euro and yen make Europe and Japan cheap

Norovirus was found in a raw-oyster-processing plant in Co Donegal, Hong Kong’s centre for food safety said.

Food poisoning outbreak prompts ban

China’s president, Xi Jinping: his government is trying to convince the Chinese people that slower economic growth is not necessarily a bad thing, after the economy expanded last year at 7.5 per cent, its lowest rate in 25 years.  Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Annual parliament, the National People’s Congress, to meet next week

A man walks past a billboard featuring a photo of China’s president Xi Jinping beside lantern decorations for the Lunar New Year in Baoding, China’s northern Hebei province, on Tuesday. Mr Xi has unveiled his latest political slogan, the “Four Comprehensives”, a call for a more prosperous country and deeper reform. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Policy ‘to make China great’ includes calls for richer country with more significant reform

Young performers wearing goat hats take part in a Chinese New Year celebration at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Monday. The Year of the Goat sees a Hong Kong more divided than ever on how to deal with mainland China. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Coverage by Western media of Occupy protest seen as too one-sided by many residents

Lion and dragon dances are performed during a Chinese New Year celebration outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Lots of questions as the Lunar New Year holiday shuts China down for a week

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